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Can Paul O’Connell be the answer for Munster? Photograph: Dave Winter/Icon Sport via Getty Images

Munster’s purgatory Munster will come back stronger says Johann van Graan. Irish rugby needs this to be true. Leinster playing at about 65 per cent (...)

 Pete Horne of Glasgow Warriors catches a  kick to run through and score his team’s sixth try during the Guinness Pro 14 semi-final against  Ulster at Scotstoun Stadium. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Glasgow 50 Ulster 20 Hopes of an all-Irish Guinness Pro14 final next weekend final were cruelly crushed on Friday night at Scotstoun where a rampant (...)

Jacob Stockdale returns for Ulster against Connacht. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Pro 14 semi-final, Glasgow Warriors v Ulster, Friday May 17th, Scotstoun (kick-off 7.35pm, Eir Sport) Jacob Stockdale has recovered from a hamstring (...)

Garry Ringrose in action against Toulouse during the  Heineken Champions Cup Semi Final at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: INPHO/Billy Stickland

For the fifth time in the last 11 years, Leinster’s chances of winning a Heineken Champions Cup final are noticeably enhanced by having a brilliant nu(...)

Ulster’s Darren Cave and Rory Best leave the field after their win over Connacht at Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ulster 21 Connacht 13 The scoreline certainly doesn’t flatter Connacht, who gave it their all in a throbbing and vibrant Guinness Pro14 quarter-final(...)

Rory Best: all set for a farewell home appearance at Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

Ulster v Connacht, Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Kick-off: 5.35pm. (On TV: Live on eir Sport)   This intriguing first play-off meeting between them(...)

Rory Best with his son Richie. The  Ulster and Ireland captain announced his intention to retire fully from the game following the World Cup in Japan. Photograph:  Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

With emotion clearly tightening its grip, Rory Best finally let it be known that there will be no more rugby for him once Ireland’s World Cup is done.(...)

Few in the Ireland camp would have felt lower than Seán Cronin after the Six Nations. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

As befits a decidedly mixed bag of a Six Nations, so it was that many of the Irish players came off that tournament in highly contrasting states. Some(...)

Ulster head coach Dan McFarland with Iain Henderson who returns to captain the team this Friday night. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Iain Henderson returns to captain Ulster in Friday night’s crucial Pro14 fixture against Edinburgh (Kick-off 7.35pm, BT Murrayfield). Dan McFarland a(...)

 Leinster’s Jack Conan  sees off a challenge from Ulster’s John Cooney  in their   Champions Cup quarter-final victory at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Leinster wade into the psychological quicksand Ireland have yet to escape. Largely the same personnel, the burden of favouritism has always weighed he(...)

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